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OSHA News Release – Region 5
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 5 News Release: 05-1154-Chi
July 14, 2005
Contact: Brad Mitchell
CHICAGO -- Federal offices of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in Illinois, Ohio and Wisconsin, and state plan OSHAs in Indiana, Michigan and Minnesota formed an alliance today with the Alliance for the Polyurethanes Industry (API), a business unit of the American Plastics Council, that focuses on reducing and preventing exposure to hazardous substances for workers employed in the application of spray-on truck bed liners.
"This alliance with the API offers OSHA a unique opportunity to target an industry where workers might otherwise not have our protection, due to business size in particular," said OSHA Regional Administrator Michael Connors. "It's vitally important that all workers have access to our expertise and the cooperation of management in staying healthy and safe on the job."
As part of the alliance, API will encourage the spray-on truck bed liner industry to build relationships with OSHA's regional and area offices to address health and safety issues including the proper use, storage, fit and evaluation of personal protective equipment and respirators, the proper use and maintenance of truck bed liner application equipment and design of a ventilation booth, and clear, consistent interpretation of OSHA federal or state regulations pertaining to the spray-on truck bed liner industry.
The two organizations will work together to raise industry awareness of job hazards and the business value of a company's commitment to employee safety and health.
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